Aluva is gearing up for the Sivarathri festival next week and the authorities have charted out major arrangements for the same.
A high-level meeting of Travancore Devaswaom Board led by the Board president, which met at Aluva on Tuesday has decided to make elaborate preparations for the smooth running of the Sivarathri festival. The district administration and police officials have commenced preparatory work for the festival.
The Travancore Devaswom Board will carry out annual maintenance and cleaning activities at the temple and Manappuram prior to the festival. A decision has been taken to establish barricades and light up the temple and surrounding areas. The temple will arrange ‘Annadanam’ facilities for the festival. To meet the water requirement for the festival, 10 water tanks will be set up in the area. If needed more water tanks and taps will be set up as per the demand. The meeting assessed the available toilet facilities in the area and decided to set up more toilets. In view of the security issues that may arise, it has been decided to deploy a huge force comprising 1,890 personnel, including 150 women police officials.
Facilities will be made for pilgrims to bathe in the river. Security arrangements for pilgrims coming for the festival will be given priority. Squads will be formed to prevent accidents of drowning. A decision has been taken to seek the service of divers for rescue operations in case of emergency. The Excise officials will carry out 24-hour patrolling in the region.
As many as 150 bus schedules would be operated to ensure better connectivity for those coming for the festival. The Aluva municipality has been instructed to set up 12 lights at Aluva Manappuram in view of the festival. Begging will not be entertained in the area
The high-level meet was attended by Devaswom Commissioner P Venugopal, Chief Engineer P S Jolly Ullas and Ernakulam ADM M B Ramachandran.